The End of the World is Here and Now

LINK TO POISONED AMERICA and WATER CRISIS posts

LINK to SUDDEN CLIMATE CATASTROPHE post …

 

TOPICS IN THIS POST

UNNATURAL NATURAL DISASTERS

RESOURCE EXTRACTION BAD IDEAS

CLEAN ENERGY DEVELOPMENT GOOD IDEAS

SCIENCE OF GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECTS

DROUGHTS AND DESERTIFICATION

WORST HUMAN ACTIONS FOR FUTURE EARTH-CONDITIONS

 

 

All environmental problems are devastating to the economy and are rooted in economic choices by individuals.

The economy and the environment are inseparable.  The economy is the environment.

The balancing of economy and ecology has yet to be achieved.  Important sectors are resisting necessary change, instead of working towards it.

Much of the governing elite do not believe that environmental issues are important.  This will soon cause widespread panic.  Right now the panic is confined to intelligent individuals and neglected disaster areas.

Capitalists and the older lead-brained generation, say, “We’ll be dead before any of this effects us, and we can’t do anything because we’re predetermined anyway.”

Young people say, “I’m being raped on the anti-socialist domestic front of the Cold War … and now this?!  Fuck you!”

 

Apocalypse as Revealing process of God-realization and peace-bringing establishment of Golden Age of knowledge and prosperity for all

Apocalypse as End of the World in Destruction of every imaginable type, bringing a dark age and extinction and utlimate loss of human peak of intelligence

 

old words to consider

(Creation, Hell, Destruction, Apocalypse, Initiation, Revelation, Eschaton, Salvationism, Apotheosis, Utopia, Eternity, Heaven)

 

I wanted to show people this all at once, because that’s when it’s happening; All at once.

And you might ask, “All at once?!  But that’s a place!”

Where is that?

It’s everywhere!

People don’t have time to research something that’s all at once everywhere!  We’ll have to abandon responsibility!

We’ll have to create a theory of everything that reverses time to unfuck the world!

Tremendous acts of education are possible!

 

Territories – Rush

 

 

Conscious choices to let the world burn… are being made every day.

Firefighters Let House Burn Down Over $75

GOOGLE VOLKSWAGEN DIESEL EMISSIONS CHEAT

Read about of Volkswagen 11 million diesel cars rigged with software, designed to cheat emissions tests, to evade limits to carbon release into the atmosphere. — Why did they do that?  Why aren’t they recalled?

Is a zero-emissions control system even possible to build for car, truck, and plane engines?

Unfortunately we likely do not have time to wait for that invention.

search all posts “end of the world” and move all relevant info to this post

 

http://350.org

http://climate.nasa.gov/

 

US Scientific Societies Urge Congress to Act on Climate Change 1/2

 

US Scientific Societies Urge Congress to Act on Climate Change 2/2

Huge Gas Flare

 

find and embed images from space satellite images of gas flaring … maybe ?

https://www.google.com/search?site=&source=hp&q=gas+flaring+satellite+images

 

embed images

 

Global Flaring Map

.http://skytruth.org/viirs/

‘Flaring’ wastes 3.5% of world’s natural gas – Journal Nature 1/11/ 2016

 

Journal Nature 1/11/2016

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_flare

Gas Flare Video Algeria

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HUGE Natural Gas Leak Devastating Alaska

 

CLIMATE CHANGE MEANS ALL VARIETIES OF DISASTERS WILL GET WORSE AND WORSE UNTIL THE WORLD CANNOT SUPPORT BILLIONS OF PEOPLE ANYMORE

 

Keeling Curve

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keeling_Curve

http://www.climatecentral.org/gallery/graphics/keeling_curve

.https://ww2.kqed.org/quest/2014/12/12/the-keeling-curve-explained/

http://scrippsco2.ucsd.edu/

http://scrippsco2.ucsd.edu/history_legacy/keeling_curve_lessons

Hockey Stick Graph

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hockey_stick_graph

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Agreement

http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2007/05/start-here/

http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/climate-model-projections-compared-to-observations/

 

EMBED THIS ARTICLE’s IMAGE ILLUSTRATIVE GRAPH TIMELINE  ??? or just refer to it.. too large..

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-comic-masterfully-shows-how-climate-has-changed-through-time-180960451/

 

EMBED SOME THE TIMELINES WHICH I HAVE HANGING ON MY WALL

 

America’s $16 trillion problem… that both Presidential candidates actually agree on

 

Population Explosion

 

Judge Says Kids Can Sue Government For Climate Inaction

 

Fracking Way Worse Than Anyone Thought – TYT

embed more fracking videos

 

LINK TO ARTICLES ON CONNECTION BETWEEN FRACKING AND EARTHQUAKE FREQUENCY

GasLand Josh Fox Documentary

 

 

WATER SCARCITY AND DESERTIFICATION

 

DiscoveryNews Short Clip – “How Much Of America Is In A Drought?”

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https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2004/21may_drought/

Worst Drought in 1,000 Years Predicted for American West

Global warming to cause historic “megadrought” by century’s end.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/02/150212-megadrought-southwest-water-climate-environment/

 


Why We Should Stop Building Dams

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Humanity’s Planet: Dams in America, 1800-2003

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https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=webhp&source=hp&q=death+of+species+global+warming

 

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=webhp&source=hp&q=mass+extinction+global+warming

 

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=webhp&source=hp&q=loss+of+biodiversity

 

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=webhp&source=hp&q=global+warming+desertification

 

LIST AGREEMENTS TO SAVE THE RAINFOREST, ALONG WITH THE DAMAGE ALREADY DONE

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/jul/14/amazon-rainforest-forests

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=webhp&source=hp&q=smithsonian+rainforest+conservation

https://www.google.com/search?site=&source=hp&q=spraying+the+rainforests+for+toxic+chemicals

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=webhp&source=hp&q=agreements+to+preserve+protect+rainforests

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=webhp&source=hp&q=destruction+of+rainforests

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=map+of+amazon+clearing+deforestation

embed

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=spraying+the+amazon+rainforest

https://www.google.com/search?site=&source=hp&q=herbicide+rainforest+ecocide&oq=herbicide+rainforest+ecocide

 

WATCH VICE on GARBAGE ISLAND again

maybe embed it

 

Pogo Cartoon

“Trees are our enemy.”

– An  Unnamed American Army commander in 1971 – from Philip Jones Griffiths, “Agent Orange:  Collateral Damage in Viet Nam”

Hannah Watson from Very Magazine

“Trees are our enemy.”  So said the US Army Commander in 1967, as they prepared to empty gallons of their deadly herbicide, Agent Orange, over the south of Viet Nam to defoliate and leave the enemy nowhere to hide.  Agent Orange contained dioxin, one of the most poisonous substances known to man.  It sounds almost too obvious to say that ‘collateral damage’ as they call it, would be inevitable.  As the land and water supplies became contaminated, the first birth defects were reported in 1969, and quickly covered up.

Philip had made his name photographing the conflict in Viet Nam, with the more overt war accessories of guns and tanks and destruction, and publishing the 1971 book ‘Viet Nam Inc.’, a respected and important photobook that was responsible for turning the tide of public opinion in the US against the war.       —>  also “Agent Orange – Collateral Damage in Viet Nam” in 2003.

 

FIVE MILLION – ACRES OF FOREST DESTROYED.  500,000 – ACRES OF FARMLAND DESTROYED.

http://www.agentorangerecord.com/impact_on_vietnam/environment/defoliation/

American Army Generals Too Afraid to Fight with Tree Cover.

So We Fight the Trees First.  They’re the Front Line.

Smart?

Another catastrophically immoral war crime to add to the books..

Following the chemical warfare sent from America, natural regeneration of the lost forest was not possible..

Moreover, with the defoliated lands unable to hold on to the soil during the heavy rains, there resulted a depletion of soil nutrients and large scale erosion, especially in the mountainous regions affecting 28 river basins in southern Vietnam. Even with intense reforestation, it would take a hundred years or more to bring these areas back to pre-war conditions.

Hundreds of tree species were among the victims of the herbicides. A minimum of 20 million cubic meters of timber was destroyed, though estimates range as high as 90 million taking into consideration the additional impact of plows, bombing, napalm strikes and harvesting of defoliated trees. The destruction was so great that the terms “ecological warfare” and, later, “ecocide” were coined to describe it.

About 10 percent of the trees sprayed died from a single spray run. Multiple sprayings resulted in increased mortality for the trees, as did following herbicide missions with napalm or bombing strikes.

OVER THE COURSE OF TEN YEARS –> the US Air Force flew nearly 20,000 herbicide spray missions to destroy the forest cover as well as agricultural lands in key areas of southern Vietnam.  More than five million acres of forests and agricultural lands were sprayed at least once, approximately 10% of total land area of southern Vietnam, and about 20% of the forest cover.

 

Associated Press/Worldwide Photos

 

In addition to Agent Orange… 15% of the spray runs, mainly using Agent Blue, were targeted against agricultural lands an attempt to deny food to the enemy. However, civilian food sources were also damaged.

As Wayne Dwernychuk of the Hatfield Group reported in 2002, “The loss of a significant proportion of southern Vietnam‘s forest cover triggered a number of related effects. For example, loss of timber led to reduced sustainability of ecosystems, decreases in the biodiversity of plants and animals, poorer soil quality, increased water contamination, heavier flooding and erosion, increased leaching of nutrients and reductions in their availability, invasions of less desirable plant species (primarily woody and herbaceous grasses), and possible alterations of both macro- and micro-climates.”

  • ‘Long Term Consequences of the Vietnam War:  Ecosystems, Report to the
    Environmental Conference on Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, Stockholm, Sweden’

Annual grassland fires in southern Vietnam stem in part from the destruction of forested areas by US military herbicides, explosives, and mechanical land-clearing and -burning operations during the Vietnam War.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildfire#Causes

http://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/agent-orange

In addition to the massive environmental impact of the U.S. defoliation program in Vietnam, that nation has reported that some 400,000 people were killed or maimed as a result of exposure to herbicides like Agent Orange. In addition, Vietnam claims half a million children have been born with serious birth defects, while as many 2 million people are suffering from cancer or other illness caused by Agent Orange.

In 2004, a group of Vietnamese citizens filed a class-action lawsuit against more than 30 chemical companies, including the same ones that settled with the U.S. veterans in 1984. The suit, which sought billions of dollars worth of damages, claimed that Agent Orange and its poisonous effects left a legacy of health problems and that its use constituted a violation of international law. In March 2005, a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, dismissed the suit; another U.S. court rejected a final appeal in 2008.


Carbon Based Lifeforms – Photosynthesis

https://www.endecocide.org/examples/

 

https://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/spraying-crops-eradicating-people

http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/vietnam-era-weapon-being-used-to-clear-the-amazon.html

 

https://books.google.com/books?id=JAEmYQlC2s0C&pg=PA117&lpg=PA117&dq=herbicide+rainforest+ecocide&source=bl&ots=SPEHEIlUxF&sig=M02XpiC7UymxzvIF9W9nygfX1ls&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwit59Df9pbRAhUCqFQKHf4KDLMQ6AEIKTAD#v=onepage&q=herbicide%20rainforest%20ecocide&f=false

 

 

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=webhp&source=hp&q=deforestation+and+forest+degradation

 

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=webhp&source=hp&q=deforestation+causes+global+warming

 

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=webhp&source=hp&q=forest+degradation

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deforestation_in_the_United_States

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=webhp&source=hp&q=where+is+deforestation+happening+in+the+us

 

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=webhp&source=hp&q=is+global+warming+causing+the+drought+in+california

 

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=webhp&source=hp&q=america+droughts+global+warming

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shifting_cultivation

EMBED SATELLITE IMAGE OVER SUMATRA AND BORNEO SHOWING SLASH AND BURN SMOKE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slash-and-burn

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southeast_Asian_haze

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_Southeast_Asian_haze

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Malaysian_haze

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Southeast_Asian_haze

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Southeast_Asian_haze

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Southeast_Asian_haze

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Southeast_Asian_haze

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Malaysian_haze

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Southeast_Asian_haze

 

 

EMBED SATELLITE IMAGES OF INDONESIA FOREST FIRES in 1997 and more recent year !!!

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_Indonesian_forest_fires

 

http://www.globalfiredata.org/index.html

 

https://fsapps.nwcg.gov/afm/index.php US Active Fire Mapping

 

EMBED IMAGES OF THE ASIAN BROWN CLOUD …

ASIAN GAS MONSTER

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_brown_cloud

Pollution cloud over south Asia is increasing ill health

A 2002 study, published in the Lancet, indicated that nearly two million people die each year, in India alone, from conditions related to the brown cloud.

 

Bill Liao: “Two Trillion Trees to Save the World”

 

AMERICAN FOREST FIRES INCREASING QUICKLY

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildfire

Natural causes of wildfires include lightning, sparks from rockfalls, spontaneous combustion, and volcanic eruption.

Human causes of wildfires include sparks from machine equipment, discarded cigarettes, and crazy idiots.


http://www.dw.com/en/how-climate-change-is-increasing-forest-fires-around-the-world/a-19465490

ADD many QUOTES FROM THE FIRST TWO SECTIONS …

Funk has been researching the impact of climate change on landscapes in the US, and says there is very well documented scientific evidence that climate change has been increasing the length of the fire season, the size of the area burned each year and the number of wildfires.

Wildfires are either started accidentally by humans or by natural causes like lightning.

These “ignition events” don’t have a major effect on the scale of the fire, says Funk. But what does affect scale are prevailing climate conditions. And these have become warmer and drier – due to climate change.

Greenhouse gas emissions, via the greenhouse effect, are causing the global temperature to increase and the climate to change.

(…)

But the unnatural increase in wildfires is causing entire forests to burn down uncontrollably. This is bad for the environment – and for us.

Wildfires pose risks to human life, property and infrastructure – and directly kill plants and animals, destroying their habitat.

(…)

But the biggest problem is that the scale of these fires has increased to the degree that they themselves have become significant contributors of greenhouse gas emissions.

“It creates a feedback loop: the fires create more emissions, which in turn contribute to more global warming, which will then cause more fires,” Funk said.

 

embed footage of arizona and california and canada wildfires etc

 

Firefighters Battle the Infernos of Climate Change | The Story Group

 

HISTORY AND SCIENCE OF WILDFIRES … ?

 

more articles to look at and possibly quote from

http://www.nwf.org/wildlife/threats-to-wildlife/global-warming/global-warming-is-causing-extreme-weather/wildfires.aspx

More, bigger wildfires burning western U.S., study shows

https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/climate-fire.html

 

 QUOTE FROM ARTICLE PERHAPS

 

UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS

Infographic: Western Wildfires and Climate Change

http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science_and_impacts/impacts/infographic-wildfires-climate-change.html#share

MOVE THESE IMAGES APART SO THAT THERE IS RELEVANT INFO ELEGANTLY PLACE BETWEEN THEM

MOVE THESE IMAGES APART SO THAT THERE IS RELEVANT INFO ELEGANTLY PLACE BETWEEN THEM

Bill Moyers Interview with Chris Hedges July 20, 2012

 

MOUNTAIN TOP REMOVAL — BLOWING UP MOUNTAINS FOR COAL

embed images from satellite and videos

 

Noam Chomsky on stupid people

 

 

 

Embed Christian apocalypse people, maybe

 

Someone once said to me, “We must live as if the apocalypse has already happened.”

“The apocalypse is not something which is coming.  The apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet and it’s only because we live within a bubble of incredible privilege and social insulation that we still have the luxury of anticipating the apocalypse.  If you go to Palestine, or Bosnia, or Somalia or Peru or much of the third-world.. then it appears that the apocalypse has already arrived.”  – T. Mckenna

Global Dying We Are Going Through – Terence Mckenna

History Is A Transcendental Metamorphosis – Terence McKenna

 

https://terencemckenna.wikispaces.com/Imagination+in+the+Light+of+Nature

Terence Mckenna on the end of the world

Chaos and the Imagination clip 5

John David Ebert on Apocalyptic Myths

maybe embed or leave it out

 

SEARCH

https://www.google.com/search?site=&source=hp&q=are+christian+zionists+trying+to+cause+the+end+of+the+world

American Evangelicals & ISIS Feel Fine About the End of the World

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/08/evangelicals-isis-feel-fine-about-the-end-of-the-world.html

Millions of Evangelical Christians Want to Start WWIII to Speed the “Second Coming” … and Atheist Neocons are Using Religion to Rile Them Up to Justify War Against Iran

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/02/

 

VICE – Rignot Excerpt

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What the Earth would look like if all the ice melted – Business Insider Science

Our Rising Oceans: VICE Debrief

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What the US would look like if all the Earth’s ice melted

Meltwater – Biosphere & Higher Intelligence Agency

Before the Flood – Full Movie | National Geographic

 

Our Rising Oceans (VICE on HBO: Season 3, Episode 1)

 

https://www.google.com/search?site=&source=hp&q=extinctions+during+human+era+worse+than+thought

 

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2014/09/extinctions

 

Wildlife Populations Plunging Worldwide

NASA Warns Of Mass Extinction If We Don’t Fix Climate Change

Trump Signs Government Scientist Gag Order

Science Committee Will ‘Make EPA Great Again’ By Ignoring Science

Emails Show EPA Head’s Cozy Ties With Big Oil

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White House Planning DEEP Cuts To EPA

 

Graphs Comparing Severity of Weather Disasters from 1980 to 2015 – Washington Post

(FIND DATA/ESTIMATE on the specific level of increase in severity for each type of weather disaster due to climate change)

 

 

 

Hurricane Severity Causes Floods and Coastal Damage

Hurricane Katrina and

Other Hurricanes causing oceans to move inland?  Even before sea levels rise?

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=webhp&source=hp&q=new+orleans+still+under+water

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=webhp&q=climate+change+hurricane+severity+increase

read articles and cite

 

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: In the Wake of Disaster 1989 | Retro Report | 2013 

—>

2010 – British Petroleum Oil Leak – Caused by gross negligence ‘saving money’

(Over Four Million Barrels) “Over Two Hundred Million Gallons” of crude oil spilled into the gulf over the course of three months before capping it.

1300+ miles of coastal habitats hit severely – Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas

Compounding the Damage of Louisiana’s Long-term Land Loss

http://www.crcl.org/the-issue/land-loss.html

Southeast Louisiana Is Disappearing, Quickly

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/losing-ground-southeast-louisiana-is-disappearing-quickly/

https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-09-23/louisianas-coastline-disappearing-rate-football-field-hour

A football field–sized area of land is being washed away every hour

Lawsuits are being filed to hold oil and gas companies responsible for the destruction.  

(read full article, for how many years?)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coastal_erosion_in_Louisiana

quotes?
The cost, which totals $44 billion after the tax impact is factored out, cover multiple comprehensive settlements with federal and state authorities, property owners, shareholders, and consumers.

Burning the oil from the ocean?  Making it much worse?  A little worse?  Or a little better?

embed images of so called “controlled burning”

The latest health risk in the Gulf of Mexico is an abundance of money, says one Louisiana fisherman.

“Money,” says Clint Guidry, acting president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association, “is killing us.”

Images from NASA Satellite

DAMAGE AND SETTLEMENTS CLAIMS MAP

embed new map

Revisit the BP oil spill, 5 years later

The British Petroleum Oil Spill

More than one million gallons PER DAY spilled into the ocean for EIGHTY-SEVEN DAYS.

‘100 Days of the BP Oil Spill’ – Time Magazine.

the oil slick covered 25,000 square miles, find source for this fact

GOOGLE FOR THE WORLD WILDLIFE FEDERATION REPORT

“The long-term damage caused by the oil and the nearly two million gallons of chemical dispersants used on the spill may not be known for years,” the report added.

Vice News: BP Oil Spill Is Still Making People Sick

read full article to see if any more points should be highlighted

The following text is taken from this article.

Grist Article on The Damage Caused by Toxic Chemical Surfectant Dropped into the Ocean by BP

As days turned into weeks and it became obvious that no one knew how to plug the gushing well, BP began insisting that Corexit be used to disperse the leaking oil. This triggered alarms from scientists and from a leading environmental NGO in Louisiana, the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN).

Use of Corexit had been authorized years(?) before under the federal Oil Pollution Act.

https://leanweb.org/

The group’s scientific adviser, Wilma Subra, a chemist whose work on environmental pollution had won her a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, told state and federal authorities that she was especially concerned about how dangerous the mixture of crude and Corexit was: “The short-term health symptoms include acute respiratory problems, skin rashes, cardiovascular impacts, gastrointestinal impacts, and short-term loss of memory,” she told GAP investigators. “Long-term impacts include cancer, decreased lung function, liver damage, and kidney damage.”

(Nineteen months after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, a scientific study published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Pollution found that crude oil becomes 52 times more toxic when combined with Corexit.)

BP had lied about how safe Corexit is, and proof of its dishonesty would eventually fall into the hands of the Government Accountability Project..

Corexit: Deadly Dispersant in Oil Spill Cleanup

The combination of Corexit and crude oil also caused terrible damage to gulf wildlife and ecosystems, including an unprecedented number of seafood mutations; declines of up to 80 percent in seafood catch; and massive die-offs of the microscopic life-forms at the base of the marine food chain.

GAP warns that BP and the U.S. government nevertheless appear poised to repeat the exercise after the next major oil spill:  “As a result of Corexit’s perceived success, Corexit … has become the dispersant of choice in the U.S. to ‘clean up’ oil spills.”  They would use it again … (CHECK SOURCE OF THIS QUOTE and any similar statements by government..)

VICE Debrief: Crude Awakening

The most astonishing thing about BP’s cover-up?  It was carried out in plain sight, right in front of the world’s uncomprehending news media (including, I regret to say, this reporter).

The chief instrument of BP’s cover-up was the same substance that apparently sickened countless cleanup workers and local residents. Its brand name is Corexit, but most news reports at the time referred to it simply as a “dispersant.”

The ~ 1.84 million gallons of Corexit that BP applied during the cleanup served a public-relations purpose: They made the oil spill all but disappear, at least from TV screens. By late July 2010, the Associated Press and The New York Times were questioning whether the spill had been such a big deal after all. Time went so far as to assert that right-wing talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh “has a point” when he accused journalists and environmentalists of exaggerating the crisis.

BP hid that massive amount of oil from TV cameras and the price that this “disappearing act” imposed on cleanup workers, coastal residents, and the ecosystem of the gulf. That story can now be told because an anonymous whistleblower has provided evidence that BP was warned in advance about the safety risks of attempting to cover up its leaking oil. Nevertheless, BP proceeded. Furthermore, BP appears to have withheld these safety warnings, as well as protective measures, both from the thousands of workers hired for the cleanup and from the millions of Gulf Coast residents who stood to be affected.

“These are the same symptoms experienced by soldiers who returned from the Persian Gulf War with Gulf War syndrome,” says Michael Robichaux, a Louisiana physician and former state senator, who treated Griffin and 113 other patients with similar complaints.

Only months later, after Kaye H. Kilburn, a former professor of medicine at the University of Southern California and one of the nation’s leading environmental health experts, came to Louisiana and tested 14 of Robichaux’s patients did the two physicians make the connection with Gulf War syndrome, the malady that afflicted an estimated 250,000 veterans of that war with a mysterious combination of fatigue, skin inflammation, and cognitive problems.

One cleanup worker’s description of the poisoning by Corexit:

Within days, she was coughing up blood and suffering constant headaches. She lost her voice. “My throat felt like I’d swallowed razor blades,” she says.

Then things got much worse.

Like hundreds, possibly thousands, of workers on the cleanup, Griffin soon fell ill with a cluster of excruciating, bizarre, grotesque ailments. By July, unstoppable muscle spasms were twisting her hands into immovable claws. In August, she began losing her short-term memory. After cooking professionally for 10 years, she couldn’t remember the recipe for vegetable soup. It felt like the nerves were coming out of my skin. It was so painful. My right leg swelled — my ankle would get as wide as my calf — and my skin got incredibly itchy.”

read full article to see if any more points should be highlighted

 

VICE Season 2: Crude Awakening

pull out citations of articles within the documentary and LINK TO THEM BELOW VIDEO

https://washingtonspectator.org/cleanup-or-cover-up-what-bp-and-the-epa-did-to-the-gulf/

READ THIS ARTICLE FULLY AND PULL OUT BEST QUOTES FOR SUMMARIZATION

It took three months to build the relief well to stop the flow.  The spill immediately threatened more than 65,000 acres in four National Wildlife Refuges, home to endangered species.   (google this fact and find best source)

how much oil is still in the gulf and can’t be cleaned up and removed?

Over three months, oil leakage in the Gulf of Mexico created the biggest oil disaster in the U.S. Scientists estimated 184 million gallons were spilled, 18 times the amount spilled by the Exxon Valdez.

compare to statistics/info of the history of the exxon valdez spill in the 80s

https://www.thebalance.com/exxon-valdez-oil-spill-facts-effects-on-economy-3306206    (maybe google a better source)

https://www.thebalance.com/bp-gulf-oil-spill-facts-economic-impact-3306212

impact of the Exxon oil spill lasted for decades. In 1989, the Exxon Valdez crashed onto the shore of Prince William Sound in Alaska, contaminating 1,300 miles of coastline with 250,000 barrels (11 million gallons) of oil.The tourism industry immediately lost over 26,000 jobs and more than $2.4 billion in sales. By 2003, it still hadn’t recovered completely.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/18/lousiana-bp-oil-spill-five-years-not-going-back-to-normal

QUOTE FROM THIS ARTICLE ABOUT THE ECONOMIC IMPACT

CHECK AND CITE ORIGINAL SOURCES MYSELF

https://www.thebalance.com/bp-gulf-oil-spill-facts-economic-impact-3306212

 

In 2011, half of the area’s bottlenose dolphins were compromised by lung disease. An NOAA study reported this type of disease is caused by “toxic exposure to oil.” Nearly 20% were so ill they weren’t expected to live. BP contested the study. (Source: WSJ, Sick Dolphins Tied to Oil Spill, December 19, 2013)

More than 1,700 sea turtles were found stranded (between May 2010 and November 2012), compared to 240 normally found a year. In addition, 930 dolphins and whales were stranded (between February 2010 and April 2013), compared to 20 normally found. To replace lost foraging habitat for ducks and other migratory birds, 79,000 acres of harvested and idle rice fields have been intentionally flooded. (Sources: Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, April 17, 2013. NOLA.com, BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill draws wide array of comments on 3rd anniversary, April 19, 2013.)

FIND ORIGINAL SOURCE OF THIS INFO AND CITE IT MYSELF

Nearly 10 million pounds of oily residue was removed from Louisiana shorelines between June 2011 – April 7, 2013. However, more than 200 miles still has this oily residue embedded in its marshlands, killing vegetation and causing erosion. While Louisiana was the hardest hit, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida shorelines were also impacted. Here’s how much oil residue was collected between June 2011 and March 2013:

  • Louisiana — 9,810,133 pounds
  • Alabama — 941,427 pounds
  • Mississippi — 112,449 pounds
  • Florida — 73,341 pounds.

 

google how much oil is estimated to remain in the gulf?

https://beyondoil.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/true-cost-of-oil-spill-fact-sheet-as-of-4-22-11.pdf

QUOTE THIS DOCUMENT about the real effects and damage to ecosystem and businesses

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_effects_of_the_Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill

http://usa.oceana.org/blog/five-years-after-bp-oil-disaster-sixty-east-coast-cities-and-towns-voice-opposition-atlantic

QUOTE THIS ARTICLE AND DO FURTHER RESEARCH FROM THEIR LINKS

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lists_of_pipeline_accidents_in_the_United_States

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pipeline_accidents_in_the_United_States_in_the_21st_century

 

Articles in The Guardian 2016

Animated map of the major oil and gas pipelines in the US

 

Pipeline Nation: America’s Broken Industry

 

embed US maps of oil spills

 

QUICK HISTORY OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST OIL SPILLS

Oil Spill History Fast Facts – CNN

YEAR / LOCATION / CAUSE / # BARRELS / # GALLONS

The largest oil spill in history is called the ‘Lakeview Gusher’ in California way back in 1909.  The leak continued for 18 months, six times longer than the BP oil leak.  It released

The 2nd largest oil spill was an intentional act of war in Iraq in 1991 – Gulf War.  Persian Gulf, Kuwait.  ??? find video expl.

The third largest oil spill

The fourth largest oil spill

The fifth largest oil spill

The sixth largest oil spill

The seventh largest oil spill

The eighth largest oil spill

The nineth largest oil spill

The tenth largest oil spill

The eleventh largest oil spill

The twelfth largest oil spill

 

http://chartsbin.com/view/mgz

via chartsbin.com

 

 

7 Super Toxic U.S. Sites

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STORY OF  CENTRALIA, PA

Can You See the Fire? — Extreme Science #2

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embed summary and videos

 

Manitoba Pipeline Explosion

… article

… article

 


Imagine a country without National Parks. Imagine a land with oil fields instead of geysers, mountains littered with construction equipment, the greatest trees in the world laying, stricken from their roots.

Imagine a country with no Grand Canyon.

Or Yellowstone.

Or Yosemite.

Recently, the new Republican government has paved the way to opening up these sacred lands to be sold and/or used for drilling or development. This is one of the most solemn moments America has ever seen.

Donald Trump has already signed executive orders which, if passed, will revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Along with censoring the EPA and the National Park Service, these movements could lead to many lands, and the Parks themselves, being sold off to companies and developers, letting them be turned into pipeline sites, real estate, or mining sites for gas, coal, and oil. This would turn our National Parks to nothing more but dumping grounds and building sites.

Stand up. Speak up. Don’t let this continue! Don’t set a precedent letting the government butcher our lands and drain them of their beauty!

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